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Welcome My Chief!

A Companion (radi Allahu anhu) said, “O Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), I have a wife. When I meet her she says, ‘Welcome my chief and the chief of my household.’ When she finds me in a sad mood she says, ‘Why worry about this world when the provision for your afterlife is being earned (anyway)?’”

Upon hearing this, the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Inform that lady that she is among the workers of Allah, and she earns half the rewards of Jihad.” [Kanz-ul-Umaal]

Half the reward of Jihad lies simply in greeting your husband with a cheerful face, honourable words and with encouragement towards the Hereafter. Consider how much importance Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) attaches to husband-wife relationship!

A person’s generosity is not simply a reflection of how much money they can part with. Generosity is an attitude. Can he/she readily smile and share a few kind and encouraging words? Or are they too stingy to even want to impart any happiness to others?

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